“It’s amazing to know that what we do every single day changes people’s lives and allows them to breathe easier,” she said. “I felt thankful that I could help to make a difference.”
And she’s not alone. Today, as the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) persists throughout the global community, Philips is steadfast in its commitment to support health systems and healthcare professionals who entrust us to help them care for their patients. While people all over the world are being told to work from home, many Philips employees throughout Western Pennsylvania and Carlsbad, California are working tirelessly and fearlessly to continue assembling, testing, and distributing life-saving medical equipment to those in need. They do this because they know that Philips solutions – like invasive and noninvasive ventilation, oxygen therapy, CPAP therapy, nebulizers, patient monitoring, ultrasound systems, and medical consumables – can help health systems, clinicians and their patients as they navigate this complex and dynamic environment.
As ventilator demand continues to grow, Philips continues to maintain its focus on quality and patient safety, while working hard – and differently – together. Priorities are being refocused to meet the needed demand and are using a planned approach to accelerate these efforts, including ramping up productions. Philips has committed to doubling hospital ventilator production by May and quadrupling by the third quarter of 2020. Today's ventilators, like those produced by Philips, are not typically produced in large volumes. They contain more than one million lines of code and more than 650 highly complex, high-reliability components such as high precision sensors, high performance motor blowers, and numerous complex software algorithms, which makes quadrupling production in mere months a truly herculean effort. It means Philips is hiring dozens of new manufacturing workers in Pennsylvania alone to meet the need. And it means current employees are working harder than ever to make a difference.